DA: Safety And Security Of Attridgeville Schools Under Threat

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JOHANNESBURG- The Democratic Alliance will table a motion at the Legislature for Gauteng Education Department to prioritize safety and security in Gauteng schools

Following a number of burglaries that hit Attridgeville schools in recent weeks, as Dr WF Nkomo High School had second break-in in a week, which seven laptops, nine computers, two smart-boards and pantry supplies were stolen.

It is also believed that there was break-in at Masizane Primary School, Thohoyandou Primary School and Flavius Mareka Secondary School where computers and pantry supplies were also taken.

The aim of the motion is to emphasize the need to install alarm and camera systems in schools, to link all schools with police stations, get police specialists to focus on school safety and drive a campaign to get buy-in from the community to take ownership of our schools.

Khume Rhamulifho has revealed that these measures, will minimize the loss of schools’ assets and will therefore, save the departments money when replacing the stolen items.

“School patrollers aren’t properly trained or lack skills to fight crime in our schools. The department is incurring losses since the introduction of innovative learning and teaching facilities”, he added.

Furtheremore, DA is concerned about the issues faced by the Attridgeville schools as they recommend that the department explores the feasibility of employing permanent security guards to safeguard schools, particularly in areas that have a high crime rate.